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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
bob ford/times news Jim Thorpe's Kristin Lawrence (3) drives to the basket against Pine Grove's Barbie Dimon.

Often in basketball the outcome of a game between two talented opponents can come down to one moment.

That moment on Tuesday night happened to be when Jim Thorpe senior Jeanna McEmoyle stepped up to the free-throw line. The Thorpe senior had a chance to give her team a three-point cushion heading into the finals seconds of a Division 1 battle against Pine Grove.

McEmoyle no doubt made the best of the moment icing the contest with two free-throws and Jim Thorpe closed out the Schuylkill League contest against the Cardinals with a 45-40 victory.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Jim Thorpe boys ended a long losing streak to highlight Monday's scholastic sports action.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Williams Vy.

-Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe's Dane Ciavarella poured in 23 points to lead his squad to the 62-53 non-league win over Williams Valley.

Ciavarella's big game was aided by 14 from PJ Johnson and 13 from Darius Clark.

The victory snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Olympians (6-15).

Brendan Miller's 19 points led the way for Williams Valley.

Jim Thorpe won the JV contest, 39-34, as Michael Harleston scored 10 points.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

(Through Feb. 6)

106 - 1. Kenny Yanovich, Pleasant Valley, So. (31-3); 2. Jacob Hoats, Lehighton, Sr. (21-6); 3. Lenny Ogozalek, Panther Valley, So. (29-6).

Honorable Mention - Ryan Rubio, Northern Lehigh, Fr. (14-9).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
bob ford/times news Panther Valley's Steve Romanchik floats down the lane as Tamaqua's Jake Fegley (4) defends.

At the midway point of the season, Pat Crampsie's Panthers were sitting at 4-7 with the majority of the always daunting Schuylkill League Division 1 schedule still on the horizon.

Fast forward to the present. Panther Valley is now hot and at just the right time.

The Panther team from mid-January is long gone.

Monday night Panther Valley completed a season sweep of Tamaqua, gaining a 48-36 Schuylkill League victory.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Alex Yanovich lifts Vincent Kassis of Parkland during their 138-pound matchup in the District Duals. Yanovich, a senior, is hoping to help lead the Bears to a win over Stroudsburg Wednesday to claim the MVC championship.

The Pleasant Valley wrestling team has fulfilled many goals throughout the 2011-12 season.

From placing an impressive fifth at the Reno Tournament of Champions to knocking off Nazareth for the first time in school history to reaching the semifinals at District Duals, the highlights have been numerous.

But on Wednesday night, in their final home match of the year against Stroudsburg, the Bears are hoping to add to those achievements.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Tyler Crum (24) goes up for a shot as Pleasant Valley's Thomas Gerolimatos moves in underneath.

There is probably no one associated with the Lehighton boys basketball program that enjoyed Tuesday night more than Nate Kresge.

The Indians' 40-33 Mountain Valley Conference victory over Pleasant Valley featured a bench-clearing celebration on the floor and even a mini court-rush by the Lehighton student section.

There were hugs, handshakes and high fives exchanged as the Indians put an end to a five-year, 59-game MVC losing streak.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Aimee Oertner goes to dribble around the defense of NW's Sara Jones.

Coming off a three-game losing streak and desperately needing a win to maintain position as a Colonial League playoff team, Northwestern snapped its skid with a 49-34 victory over Northern Lehigh Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers forced 19 Bulldog turnovers, leading to many fastbreak points and several deflating runs.

"Our pressure created a lot," said Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch. "We had to. That's when we're at our best, when we're up-tempo and pressuring people and making them make mistakes."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The coach of the winning team wasn't totally satisfied afterwards.

The coach of the losing team was.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Mary Frigiola (35) finds some tough defense from Lehighton's Emily Shelly during a Mountain Valley Conference basketball game last night.

The Western Poconos are nice to visit. Just don't enter a bears den when the bears aren't hibernating.

Lehighton girls' basketball team entered a bear's den last night, the den of the Lady Bears of Pleasant Valley.

The result was a 49-7 thrashing of the visitors.

PV jumped into a 10-2 lead within the first three minutes and for most of the game just kept building on that lead. At the end of the quarter, the scoreboard read 21-3. By the half, PV had a 37-5 lead. The mercy rule went into effect very early in the second half.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Cody Geist goes up for a shot around Bangor's Mike Hartzell (41) during Tuesday night's Colonial League battle.

The Tamaqua girls punched their ticket into the District 11 Class 3A playoffs and the Marian Fillies picked up a win in scholastic sports action last night.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tamaqua-Pottsville

The Lady Raiders made the post-season with a 47-30 Schuylkill League Division 1 victory over Pottsville.

Maria Streisel scored a game-high 16 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. Kayla Hope added 14 points for the Lady Raiders (11-7).

For Pottsville, Taylor Eckley led the way with 10 points.

In the JV game, the Tide rolled to a 47-29 victory.